Entries by Raven Swing

Wild jungle, domesticated elephants..

We only got to spend one full day in Thekkady, but it was quite the day. We woke up early to visit the Periyar Tiger Reserve a jungle reserve that holds around 50 wild tigers and about 150 wild elephants, as well as many other flora and fauna. We didn’t run into any tigers, nor […]

A week in Madurai

The past week has been a whirlwind of adventures and lessons. We’ve been hosted here for our daytime activities by the SITA center, where other international (college) students come to learn, and I’m very interested in studying here in the future. I’ve had some good chances to talk to people around the city, and learn […]

Meeting Henri Tiphagne (People’s Watch)

A couple days ago, we were given the opportunity to speak with a man named Henri Tiphagne, who is the executive director of a large human rights organization called People’s Watch. I’m extremely honored to have taken part in the lecture/conversation, and I’ll certainly remember his words for a long time. But in all honesty, […]


Visiting the Meenakshi Aman Temple

The other day we got to visit the Meenakshi Aman temple, which was a worthwhile sight and experience, but it was bittersweet because not all of us were allowed in. Part way through our tour of the place, I realized that our friend Ayan wasn’t there. She is Muslim, and they didn’t let her in […]